my zips are lipped

Summer months are spent soaking up the sun lakeside, dining with friends on patios and rooftops, and cruising the streets for weekend festivals.  The atmosphere is lively, fun, and spirited.  When the air starts to chill, however, things seem to get a little more cozy and intimate.  We take the party inside, and we spend our time with our nearest and dearest.  In my world, that means a lot of dinner parties, game nights, and movie marathons.

Tonight is the beginning of trivia season, and Jon has been quizzing me to prepare for the season opener: “Who was the last player in major league baseball to hit over 50 homeruns in a single season?” He’s a bit of a sports nut, so his questions keep me knowledge about baseball, football and basketball.  Go ahead, ask me anything about the 2000 Rosebowl.  Do it.

Trivia is just the beginning of game season for us, and our apart(y)ment will be hosting lots of game nights before the new year begins.  To keep things exciting, I’ve started looking for new  games to share with friends.  My picks are below, but I’m anxious to know  you play when you’re stuck inside —  any recommendations?

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rub a dub dub

My DIY projects last week left made me want to sing along with Vanilla Ice to “can’t touch this…”  Perhaps I’m biased, but I thought thought the mason jar flower vase and makeup brush holder would have Pottery Barn executives calling me to learn all my secrets.  Especially when they realized I was doing all my crafting for less than $5.

The only shortfall, as far as I could see, was that I didn’t have a matching set to make it look organized.  I decided to change that by crafting a matching toothbrush holder and soap dispenser.  Like magic, I now have the entire line of mason jar bathroom products.

The toothbrush holder is the easy-as-pie design that inspired the makeup brush holder.  To replicate, simply fill a mason jar with white sand, and stick your items inside:

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The mason jar soap dispenser is a little more complicated because it takes 3 steps instead of 2.  For this, simply use a pushpin to make a hole in the top of the mason jar, and then stick a pump from another soap dispenser inside (I found a soap dispenser at the dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar): 
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To add a country chic feel, spray paint mason jars to match the decor of your house, and then fill with flowers.
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You can see how I made the makeup brush holder here, and instructions for the mason jar flower vase are here.

Let me know if you have any other questions, and enjoy the simple project 🙂